Being a moderator on other forums, their is no smartphone friendly way to merge topics.
Messy merged topic are better than a wild tangle of stubs scattered throughout the forum clogging up the search. Search within a topic is also more friendly than forum wide search. The main reason being it excludes the Suggestion sub forum ( though advanced search lets you avoid sub forums also ). And chronology is easier to decipher when there are several changes ( such as with titans).
Forums are messy things because humans are messy.
“Moderators are paid and praise and taxed in grief. The pay is too low and the taxes too high!”- Gryphonknight
I appreciate that — to be clear, at least in the context of any merges I am aware of related to Wonderland, none of them were more than a single post or two. They weren’t extensive conversations that were merged in, just a single related question and sometimes one or two short responses.
So for that case at least, I don’t think the “unfollowable mess” was an issue of merging…the original thread’s conversation was equally meandering.
In fact, the vast majority of posts in that thread were not merged in — only a handful or so were.
(Though I can’t speak for whether larger merges I’m not aware of may have also happened.)
The idea of separate short threads is a good one, if the topics are well-defined.
The problem is, you have to split/merge whole conversations. Maybe they can just add a category for “scintillating repartee” and move both our comments there. That would help everyone by creating a thread that’s safe to ignore.
I frequent a poker forum, probably not allowed to name it here but it’s the good one lol. Uhh the main thing the mods do is handle abusive comments and spam. Occasionally move something to the right section. That’s about it. Sometimes there’s even more than one thread about the same thing going on! here’s the thing… it’s super easy to navigate through titles of posts and find one you want to click on. But it’s not easy to navigate your way through a jumbled mess of hundreds of comments and disjointed conversations from posts merged together. It’s disruptive to the conversations people are trying to have and it’s a hassle on the person who clicked for a specific thing but now they have to dig through all these comments that are a separate thing from what you clicked for. All those posts about “thanks for the Valentine’s Day offer” yeah lump em together, that’s not a discussion and those types of posts do clutter the forums. But if they didn’t get clumped, not a big deal… Browsing the topics it takes like not even half a second to know what a post is about and whether or not THAT POST and the conversation from THAT POST is what you want to read.
Can you give an example of this happening? I agree that it would be a really bad thing to do. Personally, I feel pretty uncomfortable even linking to one of those threads in another thread, because of the message it sends.
The only thing I’ve ever seen is people mistakenly posting real complaints in those threads, which usually get split out pretty fast.
I had ignored this thread until I went searching for what I thought was a minor sub-topic re Wonderland. Lo and behold the major heading of Wonderland seemed to have been merged with every little title I looked at.
The problem is if you try to find the smaller topic, it is lost in the jungle.